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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Offered in Ithaca, Orchard Park, Saratoga Springs and Binghamton, NY

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can significantly impact daily functioning. It commonly begins in childhood and may persist into adolescence and adulthood.

ADHD can have a significant impact on various aspects of life, including academic performance, work, relationships, and overall well-being. Seeking mental health therapy can be beneficial for individuals with ADHD.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of ADHD, it's important to seek professional help. A mental health therapist can provide guidance and support in managing the challenges associated with ADHD. Through various therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and skill-building exercises, individuals can develop effective strategies for improving attention, reducing impulsivity, and enhancing overall well-being.

At Whole Wellness Counseling, our therapists utilize a range of methods to help individuals manage their ADHD symptoms and improve their daily functioning. It's important to consult with a mental health professional for a comprehensive assessment and personalized recommendations to determine the most appropriate course of action for managing ADHD.

A few signs and symptoms of ADHD to look out for include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks 
  • Executive functioning difficulties (e.g., planning, decision-making, time management)
  • Academic challenges
  • Making careless mistakes 
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Easily getting distracted
  • Excessive fidgeting
  • Restlessness
  • Impulsivity 
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Acting without thinking
  • Interrupting others
  • Difficulty waiting for one's turn.

Similar Conditions

Numerous conditions and factors exhibit symptoms that may overlap with those associated with ADHD, yet they differ significantly in terms of their underlying causes and appropriate treatment strategies. Among these are various considerations such as trauma, developmental differences, mood disorders, learning disabilities (including dyslexia), stress and anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders.

  1. Trauma: Individuals who have experienced traumatic events may display attentional and behavioral challenges that share some commonalities with ADHD symptoms. However, the underlying cause in these cases is often related to the psychological impact of trauma rather than a neurodevelopmental disorder.
  2. Developmental Differences: Some individuals, particularly children, may exhibit behaviors resembling ADHD due to developmental differences. These differences could stem from factors like delayed maturity, and they may not necessarily indicate the presence of ADHD.
  3. Mood Disorders: Conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder can manifest with symptoms akin to those seen in ADHD. Distinguishing features, such as persistent low mood or manic episodes, help differentiate mood disorders from ADHD.
  4. Learning Disabilities (e.g., Dyslexia): Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can affect academic performance and attention, leading to an appearance of ADHD-like symptoms. However, the root cause lies in specific difficulties with learning and processing information rather than a broader attentional deficit.
  5. Stress and Anxiety: High levels of stress and anxiety can result in attention and focus challenges, mirroring some aspects of ADHD. Managing stress and anxiety through appropriate interventions may alleviate these symptoms.
  6. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) share some features with ADHD, including difficulties with social interactions and communication. However, the core features and developmental trajectory of ASD distinguish it from ADHD.

It is crucial to recognize that each of these conditions requires a tailored and precise approach to diagnosis and treatment. Consulting with mental healthcare professionals at Whole Wellness Counseling can help you develop a comprehensive and accurate understanding of your specific needs.


Treatment

Similar Conditions

Numerous conditions and factors exhibit symptoms that may overlap with those associated with ADHD, yet they differ significantly in terms of their underlying causes and appropriate treatment strategies. Among these are various considerations such as trauma, developmental differences, mood disorders, learning disabilities (including dyslexia), stress and anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders.

  1. Trauma: Individuals who have experienced traumatic events may display attentional and behavioral challenges that share some commonalities with ADHD symptoms. However, the underlying cause in these cases is often related to the psychological impact of trauma rather than a neurodevelopmental disorder.
  2. Developmental Differences: Some individuals, particularly children, may exhibit behaviors resembling ADHD due to developmental differences. These differences could stem from factors like delayed maturity, and they may not necessarily indicate the presence of ADHD.
  3. Mood Disorders: Conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder can manifest with symptoms akin to those seen in ADHD. Distinguishing features, such as persistent low mood or manic episodes, help differentiate mood disorders from ADHD.
  4. Learning Disabilities (e.g., Dyslexia): Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can affect academic performance and attention, leading to an appearance of ADHD-like symptoms. However, the root cause lies in specific difficulties with learning and processing information rather than a broader attentional deficit.
  5. Stress and Anxiety: High levels of stress and anxiety can result in attention and focus challenges, mirroring some aspects of ADHD. Managing stress and anxiety through appropriate interventions may alleviate these symptoms.
  6. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) share some features with ADHD, including difficulties with social interactions and communication. However, the core features and developmental trajectory of ASD distinguish it from ADHD.

It is crucial to recognize that each of these conditions requires a tailored and precise approach to diagnosis and treatment. Consulting with mental healthcare professionals at Whole Wellness Counseling can help you develop a comprehensive and accurate understanding of your specific needs.

ADHD can affect various aspects of life, including academic performance, work, relationships, and overall well-being. If you suspect that you have ADHD or have already received a diagnosis, seeking mental health therapy can be beneficial. At Whole Wellness Counseling, our therapists utilize a few different treatment methods to help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and manage your symptoms.

  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps individuals understand and manage thoughts and behaviors related to ADHD, develop coping strategies, and improve time management skills in children and adults.
  2. Psychoeducation: Provides information about ADHD, its impact, and strategies for managing symptoms.
  3. Skill-building: Focuses on developing practical skills such as mindfulness, organization, time management, and problem-solving.
  4. Supportive therapy: Offers children and adults a safe space to discuss challenges, and emotions, and develop strategies for coping.
  5. Medication management: In some cases, medication may be recommended in conjunction with therapy to address specific symptoms. Once you and your therapist determine a diagnosis of ADHD and work on the previous methods, they can refer you to someone to prescribe medication. 

It might be time to consider therapy if ADHD symptoms significantly impact your daily functioning, including work, relationships, and self-esteem. It's important to consult with a mental health professional for a comprehensive assessment and personalized recommendations. One of our Whole Wellness clinicians can help determine the most appropriate course of action, whether it involves therapy, medication, or a combination of both.